Senior Law and Policy AnalystPhone: (202) 481-3045
Ellen Cornelius joined CHHS in April 2008. Previously, Ms. Cornelius was selected for the Attorney General’s Honor’s Program. She lived in Houston, TX and was the law clerk to six judges in the Executive Office for Immigration Review. From 2005 to 2006, she worked as the law clerk to the Hon. John W. Debelius, III of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, MD.
Ms. Cornelius has worked largely for the District of Columbia’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency during her time at CHHS. Among other responsibilities, she has researched, written and tested evacuation, shelter and emergency transportation plans and guidelines. She has also worked with the District’s Business Emergency Management Operations Center, and served as a liaison to the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program.
Ms. Cornelius’ work with CHHS has also focused on addressing the needs of vulnerable populations before, during, and after a disaster. She has expertise in sheltering and evacuation needs of special needs populations; incorporation of these needs into planning efforts; emergency management training, including first responder and other specialized training; the success of programs in reaching special needs populations, including: accessibility of and registration levels of special needs populations for emergency alert and notification systems and regular distribution of up-to-date emergency preparedness information from federal, state and local emergency management agencies to special needs populations or non-profits organizations that serve them.
Ms. Cornelius is a member of both the Maryland and the District of Columbia bars, and co-teaches a course on the Law and Policy of Cybersecurity. She received a JD from the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law in 2005, and has a BA from Wake Forest University in Political Science, both of which she graduated with honors. Ms. Cornelius’ interest in sheltering was sparked by a year of AmeriCorps service through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in San Diego, CA. A native of Darnestown, MD, Ms. Cornelius now resides in the District of Columbia.